Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Orioles.
72 -- number of doubles Manny Machado is on pace to hit in 2013.
Somewhat surprisingly, the 20-year-old third baseman did not have a double in Tuesday night's 9-3 loss to the Washington Nationals. But Machado had hit five doubles in the five previous games, raising his season total to a league-leading 23 doubles, four more than Boston’s Mike Napoli. With 23 doubles in 52 games, Machado is on pace to hit 72 over a 162-game season, which would break Earl Webb's all-time record of 67 doubles in a single season. Sustaining that pace won’t be easy for Machado, though. No major league player has smacked 60 doubles in a season in more than 70 years. Brian Roberts came close with 56 doubles in 2009.
four -- homers allowed by Kevin Gausman in his first two starts.
Gausman allowed just three home runs in eight starts for Double-A Bowie before the Orioles called him up last week. But in his first two major league starts of his career, Gausman gave up four home runs, including three in Tuesday night's loss to the Nationals, two of them being back-to-back homers to Tyler Moore and Roger Bernadina. The 22-year-old righty has allowed 11 earned runs in nine innings over two starts -- that's an ERA of 11 -- and has just five strikeouts, but manager Buck Showalter says Gausman will get at least one more start. Try to keep the ball in the yard, kid.
seven -- consecutive hits in first-inning at-bats for Chris Davis.
When the Orioles first baseman comes into the plate in the first inning of games, you have to like his chances of getting a hit. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Davis has seven consecutive hits in the first inning, a streak that dates back to May 11 and is the longest of its kind this MLB season. Overall, in the first inning this season, Davis is batting .500 with four home runs and 12 RBIs and has a slugging percentage of 1.222 and an OPS of 1.831.
5.53 -- the Baltimore bullpen’s ERA since the start of May.
The Baltimore bullpen was arguably the team's biggest strength a season ago as the Orioles often prevailed in close games. The bullpen picked up where it left off this April, but it has struggled mightily since the start of May. Closer Jim Johnson has blown four saves in the past two weeks and overall the bullpen has a 5.53 ERA this month. Not all of the Orioles relievers have struggled -- for example, Tommy Hunter and Darren O’Day have been reliable -- but the bullpen has allowed opponents to bat .272 and is allowing 1.54 walks and hits per inning pitched (WHIP) in May.
five -- straight games in Toronto with a homer for Adam Jones.
We all remember his issues getting across the Canadian border a few years ago, but Jones has enjoyed his past couple of trips to Toronto. The Orioles center fielder homered in all four games of the team's series in Toronto over the weekend and has hit a home run in five straight games at Rogers Centre. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Jones is the first player in franchise history to hit a home run in five straight games as a visitor at any ballpark. Maybe Canada should reconsider keeping Jones out of the country.
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